Bruin Blitz 3/10-3/26
3/11 v. Memphis
Behind four home runs, the Belmont baseball team defeated in-state rival Memphis 12-5 on Tuesday at Rose Park.
After giving up an early 3-0 lead to the Tigers, the Bruins scored five unanswered runs to take over the lead.
Freshman Nick Egli accounted for two of Belmont’s home runs, including one in the bottom of the second to spark the Bruins’ offense.
Juniors Jamie Ritchie and Drew Ferguson each added a home run of their own, and the solo shot was Ferguson’s sixth homer of the season.
Senior James Buckelew recorded the win on the mound for the Bruins, who started his 44th game in a Belmont uniform to tie him for the third most in program history.
The left-hander struck out two and walked three while allowing six hits and four runs through six innings of work for Belmont.
3/14-3/16 @ Oklahoma
In its first road series of the season, Belmont was unable to come away with a victory against Big 12 opponent Oklahoma over the weekend.
The Bruins dropped two of their games in extra innings to the Sooners, including a 4-3 loss on Friday and 6-5 loss on Saturday.
In the first game of the series, Belmont took an early 3-1 lead behind a sacrifice fly from Ritchie an RBI single from William Dodd.
A wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth allowed the Sooners to send the game into extras, where an RBI single from Taylor Alspaugh brought the winning run across the plate.
In the second game, the Bruins once again got off to a strong start and took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning behind a two-run home run from Dodd.
After a rain delay stopped the game momentarily, the Sooners regained the lead 5-4 in the seventh inning.
Sophomore Matthew Kinney came off the bench and provided a spark for Belmont after reaching second base on an Oklahoma error. A bunt by Rafael Bournigal and safety squeeze from Ferguson brought the tying run in to send the game to extras.
However, the Sooners took game two in the bottom of the eleventh inning after an error by the Bruins allowed the game winning run to score.
While the previous games went into extras, the Bruins went into a slump on Sunday and the Sooners easily swept the series with a 10-1 victory.
Belmont will host crosstown rival and nationally ranked No. 5 Vanderbilt on Tuesday with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
3/15 v. Morehead State
With the start of Ohio Valley Conference play, the softball teams split a doubleheader against Morehead State on Saturday.
After dropping the first game 3-1 to the Golden Eagles, the Bruins bounced back in the second game to shutout the visitors, 7-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, a double from Ashley Hammer helped put Belmont early on the board 2-0.
Jessica Wilson smashed her third home run of the year to bring in Hammer and tack on two more runs for the Bruins. The homer was the 16th RBI on the year from the sophomore on 15 hits.
The Bruins added on three more runs in the bottom of the third behind a two-run home run from Mia Vierra and an RBI single from Jordan Daly. Another RBI from Daly in the fifth inning sealed the 7-0 victory.
Taylor Moon picked up the shutout on the mound through five innings of work for Belmont. The sophomore struck out three and allowed only three hits.
Belmont will host Louisiana Tech on Thursday before a four game road swing on Saturday and Sunday against Austin Peay and Murray State respectively. Men’s Golf:
3/09-3/11 @ Pinehurst Intercollegiate
After a strong outing on Tuesday, the men’s golf team finished in second place at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate held in North Carolina. It was Belmont’s fifth straight top-five finish.
Belmont posted a round of 298 to clinch second and finished just four shots shy behind champion UNCG, who is currently ranked 50th in the nation.
Senior Ben Simpson and sophomore Sean Buchanan each carded 224 for a sixth place tie. Meanwhile, sophomore Ashton Van Horne and junior Ted Moon finished tied for 10th with a shot total of 226.
The team will return to the course on Mar. 31-Apr. 1 at the Memphis Invitational.
3/10-3/11 @ UNF Invitational
In its first tournament of the spring season, the women’s golf team finished 12th at the UNF Invitational held in Jacksonville, Flor., on Monday and Tuesday.
The Bruins finished with a team score of 328 in the final round and were led by junior Evin Edens who carded a three-round score of 242.
The team is currently competing in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech in Sevierville, Tenn. The event will continue through tomorrow, March 18.
3/15 v. Southeast Missouri
In its OVC opener on Saturday, the women’s tennis team fell to Southeast Missouri 4-3 at Centennial Sportsplex.
The Redhawks claimed the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead. The lone doubles victory for Belmont came in the third game as Abbie Mather and Maddie Gilley defeated Annisa Warasanti and Valeriia Nagovitcina 8-5.
Belmont grabbed a 2-1 lead after Kendall Warren and Mather both won their matches. After the Redhawks retook the lead, Nikki Maciel defeated Ekaterina Donetckova 6-4, 7-5 to tie the match for the Bruins.
However, SEMO clinched the match in the final game of the day in three sets 3-6, 6-4, and 6-2.